The Carolina Panthers can certainly make their offense faster in 2018…..
This is an article Carolina Panthers fans may not be too happy about. On the other hand, this may be something they have noticed. Monday, Tim Weaver of PanthersWire.com wrote a piece that discussed the Panthers’ pace of play in 2017. Let’s just say it was less than ideal.
Per statistics used from FootballOutsiders.com, the Carolina Panthers played at the slowest pace in 2017. They took 29.35 seconds per offensive play. For comparison, the San Francisco 49ers had the fastest pace in the National Football League with 25.58 seconds per play. It is easy to see why Norv Turner was hired and he certainly has a lot of work ahead of him.
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There are some inklings that Turner is focused on making the offense faster. It all starts with Cam Newton. Turner wants Newton to get the ball out quick and to make quicker reads. He has also said he wants to help Newton eliminate his inconsistencies. Both those things are easier said than done when the game itself feels like it is going 100 miles per hour. Nevertheless, strategies like these will definitely quicken the pace of the Carolina Panthers.
This is something Turner can accomplish. Consider his previous bodies of work. Especially in San Diego where he was the offensive coordinator and head coach in two separate stints, those teams were built on speed. With running backs like Darren Sproles and LaDainian Tomlinson, quick throws and speed were important. With those running backs, quarterbacks had to make sure to get the ball out quickly to allow them to make the plays. Their offenses were predicated on speed and quick reads.
The Carolina Panthers offense is built for speed. They have the athletes to do that. The running back position and wide receiver position should thrive on moving fast. For instance, dumpoffs to Christian McCaffrey and slant throws to a guy like Jarius Wright should work out beautifully. Cam Newton having weapons should make all the difference. When you know you have players that you can trust to run the offense, it makes your life a whole lot easier.
It sounds good on paper but we will have to see if moving faster can be done. There has been a lot of hype and optimism surrounding this offense. Even if things do not work out perfectly, the Carolina Panthers can certainly quicken the pace of their offense
. Ranking last, you can only go up from there, right?